Ted Lyons and Red Faber

On May 20, 1920, the White Sox scored 8 in the 16th inning to beat the Senators in D.C., 13-5. Red Faber pitched all 16 innings, in his longest game; Walter Johnson pitched the last 6.

Faber was one of the few pre-1960s pitchers to combine some staggering single-season innings counts (319, 330, 352 in consecutive seasons) with a long career. Faber probably would’ve been close to a 300-game winner if he had gone to the Yankees or A’s sometime in the 1920s. His SABR bio notes that he missed the Black Sox Series: “Ray Schalk long contended that the Black Sox Scandal would have been impossible had Faber been healthy; the conspirators would not have had enough pitching to succeed.” In other words, with Faber healthy for the Series, the conspirators would not have had enough Sox pitchers bribed.

Faber became a father at 58, and he lived to 88 despite smoking for 80 years, if the SABR bio is correct about him starting at age 8.

Lyons is the fairly neat statistical twin to Faber: another pre-1960s White Sox pitcher who nearly matches Faber in wins, innings pitched, and starts (484 to Faber’s 483), and was about as good a pitcher. Lyons apparently replaced Faber as the White Sox’ ace in 1924 or 1926: if you went to a game at Comiskey between the start of World War I and the U.S. entry into World War II, there was a good chance of seeing Lyons or Faber pitch. And, Lyons lived to see his 85th birthday; Faber lived to see his 88th birthday. You can read SABR’s biography of Lyons.

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